- R. Kelly exploded during an interview with CBS’s Gayle King, screaming and cursing about the sexual abuse allegations against him.
- Kelly is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and has pleaded not guilty. He is currently free on bond.
- He is also the subject of the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which multiple women alleged that he held them in an abusive, controlling, and cult-like environment.
- Kelly lost his temper immediately when King asked him whether he had ever held people against their will and began ranting about the accusations against him.
- “I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my life. You’re killing me with this s—! I gave you 30 years of my f—ing career,” he shouted.
The R&B star R. Kelly erupted during an interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning,” at various points screaming, cursing, and crying about the allegations against him.
Kelly is facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in Chicago, where he was recently freed on bond. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, and has consistently denied all allegations of wrongdoing against him.
Kelly was also the subject of a recent Lifetime documentary series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” in which multiple women alleged that the singer held them in an abusive, cult-like environment and controlled where they went, whom they spoke to, and even when they used the restroom.
In an interview that aired Wednesday morning, King asked Kelly to answer whether he had ever held people against their will. Kelly immediately lost his temper.
“How stupid would I be to do that? That’s stupid, guys! Is this camera on me? That’s stupid! Use your common sense,” he said. “Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want to. Just use your common sense.”
Kelly cited his 2008 child pornography trial, which ended in an acquittal, as evidence that he was smarter than to commit any sexual offenses that could further damage his reputation or rouse suspicion.
“How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through, oh right now I just think I need to be a monster and hold girls against their will, chain them in my basement, and don’t let ’em eat and don’t let ’em out, unless they need some shoes down the street from their uncle,” he said.
“Stop it. You all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn't do this stuff! This is not me! I'm fighting for my f***ing life! Y'all killing me with this sh*t!" @RKelly told @GayleKing, standing up. "I gave you 30 years of my f***ing career!"https://t.co/u4AENVJQsc pic.twitter.com/jLF7l8etYh
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 6, 2019
At that point, Kelly stood up, began waving his arms, and screamed at King as she sat calmly in her chair.
“I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my life. You’re killing me with this s—,” he shouted. “I gave you 30 years of my f—ing career, 30 years of my career. You’re trying to kill me. You’re killing me now. This is not about music – I’m trying to have a relationship with my kids. And I can’t do it.”
He continued: “You all just don’t want to believe the truth. You don’t want to believe it.”
King paused the interview to allow Kelly time to regain his composure. But even as his publicist tried to calm him down and a makeup artist tried to powder his face, Kelly continued talking directly to the camera.
“I hope this camera keeps going. This is not true. This doesn’t even make sense. Why would I hold all of these women – their mothers and fathers told me we’re going to destroy your career,” he said. “There’s real girls out there missing. There’s real young girls out there being abducted, they’re being raped. They really are in chains, they really do have chains on their wrists, and they can’t get out.”
King responded that she didn’t want Kelly “just ranting at the camera,” and asked whether he believed he needed help and how he would seek it.
“This is the kind of help I need – I need somebody to help me not have a big heart. Because my heart is so big, people betray me and I keep forgiving them,” he said.
“You sound like you’re playing the victim here. You do. You’re playing the victim card,” King said.
“This is the first time I was able to say something. I’ve said nothing,” Kelly responded.
Another portion of the interview airs Thursday morning on CBS.
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